The Socially Shared network is where I go to remind myself I’m supposed to be a business person. As it’s a women’s network perhaps I should say businesswoman. This morning’s meeting was on pricing. It was a bit of a reminder that if this venture is to be an actual business then I need to price to actually make money. Gulp.
More importantly, though, these meetings work for me a bit like those progress reviews I used to have with my manager in my proper job. It’s a reminder to focus on what I’ve done, what I want to do, and what I’ve GOT to do. The similarity does really end there though, because all the application for progress reviews was in advance, and afterwards I tended to do a little sigh and mostly forget about it til next time. With these meetings, the only preparation is to remember to turn up and bring a tenner to cover the meeting and a coffee, but then I come away raring to go.
It’s great to hear what others are doing and to hear everyone chip in with both questions and answers. The successes are inspiring, but it’s also rather encouraging to find that you are not the only one who is not a fully-fledged, sharp-suited, thoroughly business-like woman, who knows all the ins and outs of marketing, social media, accounting, and all the rest of the palaver that you start out not knowing you need to know about, and perhaps then trying hard to stay in denial about. (Although the enthusiasm in these sessions takes the bleurgh out of just about everything.)
So, I came straight home and took jewellery photos. Okay, so I still haven’t quite got those photos uploaded and on Etsy, and I haven’t touched my prices (yet), but at least I did something. And I didn’t feel guilty about ignoring the dishwasher.